I never met steve or any of his family or friends. I only know what i’ve read here about him. My message is to his children… We are all terribly sorry for the burden 9/11 has placed on your life. Try not to forget, most people in the world are good…the world is good. Anonymous Brooklyn, NY
I just watched Sonia Gonzalez’s documentary on Stickball last night and got the chance to see and hear Steve, and it really hurts that he was taken from us. He was a hero, a true lover of the game, and a good person. It is touching to read all the comments on this site. I played stickball in the north Bronx in the 50’s and am so glad it was kept alive and strong by new generations. I felt close to so many of the people who appeared in the film and the spirit they showed. Soon I’ll make a journey back to the borough of my birth and childhood days, to Stickball Boulevard (Steve Mercado Way).
hello everyone, i am steves ex sister in law stephanie perez i was married to his wife joviana’s brother i miss you steve and the little debates we would have about nycfd and nyc corrections you were a loving and good uncle to my son jason thankyou for being there for jason jovy and the boys you will always be in prayers love steph
Yesterday I watched “Bragging Rights: Stickball Stories” on PBS and was immediately full of emotion. How proud Steve Mercado was about the stickball community and passing it on to the next generation was truly inspiring. The fact that he gave his life for this country is even more inspiring. What a great man and a wonderful family. Although I do not know him, I feel very blessed to have witnessed just a little bit of his life through PBS and all that he strived for.
My name is ELysia Liranzo. I am part of the Diaz familia. As you may know, I am Caros Diaz’s Niece. As I was looking around this web page, I noticed this section and i thought since i am a child of GOD, it would be nice of me to leave a comment about Steve. Now I may not have known him. But to see that he was a brave firefighter and sacraficed his life to save others on 9-11 is a blessing. Not most people now a days appriciate heros like that. But i would like to point out to his family that I have them & Steve in my prayers and Im sure he is looking down on us in HEAVEN guiding all of us. May God bless his soul, may he R.I.P.. And may God keep his family safe and blessed. R.I.P. Steve!
Hello Lou, I found this site quite by accident. I just wanted to pass on my condolences to you and your family. I understand your grieve and my heart goes out to you in your loss. I too have lost someone very dear to me recently, your friend Richie. But he chose to take his own life. I lost him 3 times, in divorce, recently in friendship and now forever to God. I try to make sense of all this but it seems so hard.
Hi everyone. I’m Steve’s cousin, Sharon. Every now and then I visit the site and read all the wonderful thoughts about my cuz. Just reading all the stories brings him back, if only in my mind. I miss him very much and think of him all the time. It’s a great comfort to read your stories and see the impact Steve had on everyone.
I have to admit, I’ve never met Steve. Before this tradgedy, I hadn’t even known of Steve. But now, whenever I type my own name into a web search, I am reminded of the horrible events of that day. After doing a little research on this site and others, I have come to know what a wonderful man Steve was and how he lived his life, a lover of stickball and of course, giving back to his community and reaching out to others. He truly gives good meaning to name ‘Steve Mercado’ and should not be forgotten for the wonderful life that he lived. With much regards, -Steve M. Mercado, Ft. Lauderdale, FL